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PlantFiles: Ornamental Mullein, Verbascum
Verbascum 'Copper Rose'

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Verbascum (ver-BASK-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Copper Rose

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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Full Sun

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Clary On Oct 15, 2009, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I grew this plant from seed (Thompson Morgan). I grew 2 other types of verbascum from seed at the same time. After the second year and the first flush of flowers I pulled them all out.

The leaves of verbascum are quite large and took up a lot of space in the garden. The largest leaves at the base of the plant matted down neighboring plants and became yellow and soggy.

The flower stalks of all the verbascum varieties I grew were weak and the flowers were very delicate. They didn't hold up to even a day of drizzle. When the petals fell they plastered everything around them (like cherry blossom petals) - the plant ended up looking like a brown, soggy wedding cake. I tried in vain to prop up the stems, but they were too tender and merely draped over any support.

The plant was extremely hardy, however, impervious to slugs and frost. The mounds of fuzzy verbascum leaves were the only green things in the garden both late fall and early spring.

The color of the copper rose variety was not vivid as shown in some photos.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Barbourville, Kentucky
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Kelso, Washington

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